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Trace123321
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(Date Posted:12/24/2006 22:39)

I just wanted to know if anyone else experiences a sense of let down after each year's log program concludes. As the holiday season ramps up, there is always this anticipation for all things holiday-related, mostly the Yule Log, however, as this year's Log was slowly fading out to full screen, I began to feel down in the dumps, that it was all about to be over. Now, the anticipation for next year's broadcast begins, but I cannot help feeling the post-Log blues. Anyone else experience this feeling? T
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(Date Posted:12/24/2006 22:58)

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I just wanted to know if anyone else experiences a sense of let down after each year's log program concludes. As the holiday season ramps up, there is always this anticipation for all things holiday-related, mostly the Yule Log, however, as this year's Log was slowly fading out to full screen, I began to feel down in the dumps, that it was all about to be over.Now, the anticipation for next year's broadcast begins, but I cannot help feeling the post-Log blues. Anyone else experience this feeling?T





Trace,

You are not alone. I actually started to feel the let down as we got to about a 1/2 hour remaining in the program. I have to admit though, I wasn't as down as usual with the replay (immediately following) of "It's a Log's Life", and "March of the Wooden Soldiers".

Henry
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(Date Posted:12/25/2006 03:54)

[sarcasm]Nothing says "Christmas" in Philadelphia like an episode of Jerry Springer with lesbians.[/sarcasm]

Then again, MyPHL17 has the Mummers Parade, and Superstation WGN will air some of it January 1st at 3 PM ET.
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(Date Posted:12/25/2006 16:26)

Yep--post log blues are here too!  I also was looking at my watch even wishing time would somehow run slower.  But there will be next year, & I am sure we have all taped a copy for our personal viewing, soo, next blizzard I'm breaking out the Log!  Comfort food for the soul!
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(Date Posted:12/26/2006 03:49)

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Yep--post log blues are here too! I also was looking at my watch even wishing time would somehow run slower. But there will be next year, & I am sure we have all taped a copy for our personal viewing, soo, next blizzard I'm breaking out the Log! Comfort food for the soul!
 The one thing I have always disliked about the day after Christmas is that the music, which IMO celebrates as much the season as that one special day, seems so distant... I mean it is all but eliminated from radio stations usually around midnite on Christmas and disappears from that point on for 12 months. I'd rather that the stations begin playing holiday music a little later and extend the playing at least up until around New Years Eve. A day or two after Christmas it actually feels weird, almost like it was weeks (and not a matter of hours) since I last heard a holiday song or carol.
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(Date Posted:12/26/2006 06:11)

I hope my comments below won't offend anyone in any way. If so, I appologize in advance.

I am also having Post-Log/Post-Christmas blues.  I wish I could live Christmas Day over & over.  I will listen to Christmas Music throughout the year, though I usually have to listen to it with headphones on until about Thanksgiving.  I even will watch a vhs of The Yule Log that I tapedd from a few years ago just to keep from feeling sad because it isn't Christmas.  I will also watch my Christmas collection of movies on VHS, Beta & DVD throughout the year.

It helps too that there are some internet radio stations that play Christmas Music throughout the year, though some are only available via subscription.  The live radio stations usually start out by playing a Christmas song or two on Thanksgiving and then gradually play more Christmas songs untill Christmas Day and then they play nothing but Christmas songs, but boom, as soon as it is December 26, they go right into their regular format.  I do have to note though that a couple of our local radio stations will play Christmas music continuously starting around Thanksgiving, but it is only one or two stations.

I also dread the day after Christmas as people aren't happy with the gifts the received for Christmas and they take them back to exchange them for what they really wanted. (It is almost like they forgot waht Christmas is all about) I understand if the item was clothing and it didn't fit, but to me, I am grateful that I receive any gifts at all.  There are a lot of people out there that didn't receive anything for Christmas. Some don't even have homes or family to stay with.

I am very Old-Fashioned when it  comes to Christmas.  I am not putting anyone down, just expressing my beliefs.  Christmas should be spent with loved ones and we should put away our differences.  (Not just at Christmas, but throughout the year)  If people really understood the true meaning of Christmas our world would be a much better & safer place.  We have forgotten the ultimate Christmas gift that God gave us in his son Jesus Christ and the gift Jesus gave by sacrificing his life for us.

The Yule Log helps, even if it is only during the broadcast. it brings back fond memories of my youth and I know that after staying up to watch The Yule Log on Christmas Eve, that I would be going to bed right after and when I woke up Santa would have been here.  I looked forward to watching The Yule Log every year. It wasn't just the flickering flames from the fireplace, but the music that was chosen.  If one truly listens to the lyrics there is a message there.  A message of hope for our lives.  A message of undying love and eternal peace.  If only we could all have the faith we had as a child.  The Yule Log takes me back to that time.  I am grateful to Late Fred Thrower for creating The Yule Log, The Thrower family, Chip & Joe & WPIX for all their time and effort in restoring The Yule Log and music and for this website.

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(Date Posted:12/26/2006 18:48)

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I hope my comments below won't offend anyone in any way. If so, I appologize in advance.I am also having Post-Log/Post-Christmas blues. I wish I could live Christmas Day over & over. I will listen to Christmas Music throughout the year, though I usually have to listen to it with headphones on until about Thanksgiving. I even will watch a vhs of The Yule Log that I tapedd from a few years ago just to keep from feeling sad because it isn't Christmas. I willalso watch my Christmas collection of movies on VHS, Beta & DVD throughout the year.It helps too that there are some internet radio stations that play Christmas Music throughout the year, though some are only available via subscription. The live radio stations usually start out by playing a Christmas song or two on Thanksgiving and then gradually play more Ch

Hi Susan and I hope you had a very Merry Christmas!  Yes, I too am feeling post-Christmas and post-Yule Log letdown.  Every year, it gets harder to hold on to long-cherished Christmas traditions we were taught as children.  Soon, it will be time to move on from Christmas 2006 and look forward to 2007.  I was watching "The Today Show" this morning and Michael Feinstein played a song he felt was perfect for the period between Christmas and New Year's "The Best Is Yet To Come".  By golly, I hope and pray he's right!

Most radio stations have ended their holiday music for this year, but Music Choice on digital cable is still playing it on their "Sounds of the Season" channel.  Sirius Satellite Radio had three channels of Christmas music this year, "Holiday" on Starlite ch 2, "Country Christmas" on The Roadhouse ch 62 and "Classical Christmas" on Sirius Pops ch 86.  Country and Classical resumed regular programming at 3 AM Dec 26, however "Holiday" on ch 2 will continue to play popular Christmas tunes until Jan 1 at 3 AM ET. 

I have Sirius, and the song that touched me the most this year was a very sad one, "The Christmas Shoes".  I don't recall the artist, but it's the story of a man who walks into a store on Christmas Eve and meets a little boy who wants to buy a pair of shoes for his terminally ill mother "in case Mama meets Jesus tonight" as the lyric goes.  Of course, the man personally pays for the shoes, the last gift the little boy can give his mother.  I think this song shows what Christmas really means, which we all know often gets lost.

All we can hope for is to have health and happiness!  A happy and healthy 2007 to you! 


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(Date Posted:12/26/2006 20:01)

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Yes, I had a wonderful Christmas. Sad that it is over though, and I am anticipating next year's Christmas.  I already changed the countdown on my webpage  Only 362 more days to go.

We have DirecTV, and someone last year decided to get rid of Music Choice and give us XM instead. They have stopped playing Christmas music too.  The group Newsong sings "The Christmas Shoes" and it is available on

http://www.amazon.com/Christmas-Shoes-NewSong/dp/B00005QD8C

The one song that really touched my heart a couple years ago and I haven't heard it on the radio these last few years was called "Dear Mr. Jesus.  An Abused Child's Prayer" sung by the group Powersource.  I checked Amazon.com but they don't seem to have a listing for it.  I did find a link for it that shows the lyrics and the song plays in the background  I'm listening to it now and crying. It is sad very sad.

http://www.geocities.com/nanaandpapasplace/abusedchildprayer.html 

There is one more song that touches my heart.  It isn't really a song but more a story with music in the background.  It is "The Christmas Guest" by Grandpa Jones.

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(Date Posted:12/29/2006 05:51)

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Reply to : log_fanYes, I had a wonderful Christmas. Sad that it is over though, and Iam anticipating next year's Christmas. I already changed the countdown on my webpage Only 362 more days to go.We have DirecTV, and someone last year decided to get rid of Music Choice and give us XM instead. They have stopped playing Christmas music too. The group Newsongsings "The Christmas Shoes" and it is available onhttp://www.amazon.com/Christmas-Shoes-NewSong/dp/B00005QD8CThe one song that really touched my heart a couple years ago and I haven't heard it on the radio these lastfew years was called "Dear Mr. Jesus. An Abused Child's Prayer" sung by the group Powersource. I checked

Hi again Susan.  I clicked the link to Amazon re: The Christmas Shoes.  Some of the reviews I read were to put it mildly, incredible.  I never thought the song would be so divisive.  If you saw the reviews, some were very touched by it, others were totally offended.

I was very much touched by it.  As for the others, they can have their opinion.  My mother died not at the holiday season, but rather in September 1999, and still this song touched me very much.  I wasn't a child then, I was 47. 

When the holidays came that year, a childhood memory of my mother taking me to Macy's Herald Square brought me back to that iconic store.  I actually went to Santaland, just as I had done all those years before.  I visited Santaland for the next three holiday seasons, finally getting the nerve to take a picture with Santa!  When I finally arrived at Santa's workshop, the elf announced "It's a big kid!".  Once I finally took that picture, a piece of unfinised business was complete.

The message I took from the song was to at least always think of those who are suffering, especially at the holiday season.  We all love the happy music we hear at the holidays, but this offers another very important side ot it.  The greatest gift we can give at Christmas is hope for those who feel they have none. 


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(Date Posted:01/14/2007 07:01)

I definitely feel the sadness as each of the holiday traditions passes by, not to be seen again until next year.  Whether it is viewings of "Rudolph" and the other Rankin-Bass specials, the WPIX Yule Log, taking down the decorations, or terrestrial radio stations ending Christmas music at midnight on the 26th, it all makes me melancholy.

Of course, I have my own Christmas albums and CDs to play throughout the year, and there are many online radio stations to find Christmas music, and I have most of the TV specials taped (though I wasn't able to get a digital version of this year's restored Yule Log), there is something to the surprise of turning on the radio and hearing a song you didn't expect, or the vicarious feeling that you're watching something that millions of other people are watching live at the same time, possible feeling the same way that you are.

For me, a large part of it is also knowing that once Christmas passes, there is just one week left to the year, and there is almost always a feeling of lament or remorse at things not done, or not enough time spent with people whose company you cherish.

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(Date Posted:01/14/2007 19:39)

Yes, Christmas has come and is long since gone.  Believe it or not, I did see a home still fully decorated for the holiday just this past Saturday 1/13.  Other than that exception, a few homes are still adorned with clear "winter" lights.  A few have the Valentine's Day cupid in the window!

The last Christmas "decoration" I put away is the coffee mug my mother gave me in 1995, which reads "Just Beclaus I Love You".  She passed away in 1999, so that mug is of great sentimental value.  I drink my coffee or hot chocolate from that mug during the holiday season each year.  I don't pack it away after Christmas, it just goes back to the pantry, where I get to see it every day.

As another year passes, I too think of what I haven't accomplished or what might be passing me by.  The important thing is to try not to solve everything in one day.  Just live each day as it comes, and above all, enjoy every moment of your life, Christmas included.

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